March 3 in Pop Culture History

March 3 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

March 3 History Highlights

  • 1820 – Missouri Compromise was reached. It was repealed in 1954.
  • 1845 – Florida became the 27th US State
  • 1849 – The Territory of Minnesota was created.
  • 1938 – Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
  • March 3, 2017 – Nintendo Switch released, Video Game Console
  • If you were born on March 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 10th (prior year)

National Flag Day

Throughout the 19th century, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was considered the anthem by most branches of the U.S. soldiers and other groups, but it had been not until 1916, and therefore the signing of an executive order by President Wilson, that it had been formally designated intrinsically. In March 1931, Congress passed an act confirming Wilson’s presidential order, and on March 3 Hoover signed it into law.

Song’s origin started on September 14, 1814, when Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the overnight British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. Key, an American lawyer, watched the siege while under detainment on a British ship and penned the famous words after observing with awe that Fort McHenry’s flag survived the 1,800-bomb assault. After circulating as a handbill, the patriotic lyrics were published in a Baltimore newspaper on September 20, 1814. Key’s words were later set to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven, a well-liked English song.

March 3 is…

Ear Care Day
I Want You to be Happy Day
Mulled Wine Day
(US) National Anthem Day
Simplify Your Life Day
World Birth Defects Day
World Wildlife Day

March 3 Birthday Quotes

“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.”
– Buddy Valastro

“You can criticize yourself to a point to do something better, or you criticize yourself to a point where you inhibit yourself.”
Ira Glass

” You have to be yourself otherwise people won’t know who you are.”
– Doc Watson

“As soon as a norm is established, people start questioning it, which is probably a good thing in the end.”
– Robyn Hitchcock

“Mr. Watson… Come here, I want to see you.”
– Alexander Graham Bell

“It [prejudice] is such a waste. It makes you logy and half-alive. It gives you nothing. It takes away.”
– Dorothy Dandridge

“I went looking for trouble, and I found it.”
– Charles Ponzi

March 3 Birthdays

1831 – George Pullman, American engineer and businessman (died in 1897)
1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, American inventor (died in 1922)
1882 – Charles Ponzi, Italian businessman (died in 1949)
1902 – Dorothy Dandridge, African-American film and radio actress (died in 1987)
1911 – Jean Harlow, American actress (died in 1937)
1920 – James Doohan, Canadian-American actor and soldier (died in 2005)
1923 – Doc Watson, American bluegrass singer-songwriter and musician (died in 2012)
1947 – Jennifer Warnes, American singer-songwriter
1953 – Robyn Hitchcock, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1958 – Miranda Richardson, English actress
1959 – Ira Glass, American radio host
1974 – David Faustino, American actor
1977 – Buddy Valastro, American chef and television host
1982 – Jessica Biel, American actress
1997 – Camila Cabello, Cuban-American singer

March 3 History

US Congress passed the ‘Comstock Law’, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.

American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Bell.

An act of the US Congress created the Office of Standards, Weights, and Measures.

Birth of a Nation made its east coast debut in NYC.

NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), the predecessor of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), was founded.

The first US international airmail service began between Seattle, Washington and Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Time magazine published the first issue.

President Herbert Hoover made Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States.

Watch Mr. Wizard debuted on NBC.

Jackie Brenston recorded Rocket 88 at Sam Phillips’ recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

In a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court upheld a New York state law prohibiting communists from teaching in public schools.

Apollo 9 (March 3-13, 1969) Crew: James McDivitt, David Scott, and Russell Schweickart

Moonlighting premiered on ABC.

#1 Hit March 3, 1990March 23, 1990: Janet Jackson – Escapade

Rodney King was severely beaten by police officers in Los Angeles, CA. Observers filmed the footage and then broadcast on television in the U.S. The incident led to massive riots by African-Americans in Los Angeles.

Daria premiered on MTV

March 3, 19** (fiction) Harleen Quinzel interviewed The Joker for the first time. Harkey Quinn, Batman, DC Comics

After 67 hours, the first solo non-stop and fastest flight around the world without refueling ended when Steve Fossett landed at the Salina Municipal Airport, which he had left on February 28, 2005.

#1 Hit March 3, 2007March 9, 2007: Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around… Comes Around

#1 Hit March 3, 2012 – March 16, 2012: Katy Perry – Part of Me

March 3, 2017 – Nintendo Switch released, Video Game Console

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

People think those Russian dolls are cute; I think they’re full of themselves.

“I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” – “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) #moviequotes

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” – Vicks Formula 44 ad

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) #moviequotes

The original “Terminator (1984) was the T-800 Cyberdyne Systems Model 101.

Disney World in Orlando is roughly the size of San Francisco.

Mark Twain – Real Name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens

TV Quotes… “Oh, my nose!” (Marcia Brady) on The Brady Bunch.

The 2001 film Pearl Harbor was nominated for four Oscars and six Razzies.

Every time you break a pencil tip, the graphite could’ve written words but is now destined to lay on the floor. How many paragraphs in the pieces have been lost, never to be written…

I plan my trips around when Mercury is in (apparent) retrograde. It’s a fine time to travel as there are fewer astrologers on the road.

I’m glad Dr. Pepper went to med school instead of law school because I wouldn’t want to drink something called Jeffrey E. Pepper, Esq.

The Capital of Panama is Panama City

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